Thursday, December 31, 2009

Ten Things About Sierra and 2009

The problem with decades ending and new years beginning is that they don't look any different from the day before. Nevertheless, it's amusing to put on our introspective hats and make lists and resolutions and brim ourselves up with good intentions. In any case, a list is always good fun.

1. I started this blog.
I discovered that while I wanted to slaver about Scottish oatcakes, my followers and random readers seem to enjoy my writing-related posts more. Thank you for reading my posts and putting up with me havering on about things.

2. I'm still not psychic.
As hard as I tried, I did not see this creepy-arsed guy in my dreams. And thank Krakow for THAT, because I would have pissed myself in horror. Also, he looks like Alfred E. Nueman.

3. I reaffirmed that I go against the grain.
It's always good to remind oneself where one's passions lie. In a year of swine flu fear, health care rage, and other trendy subjects, I kept my head down, ignored all that stuff, and did what was important to me. When a colleague laughed long, loudly, and maniacally when he discovered that I am a supporter of the Scottish football team Hibernian FC, I vowed there to severely dislike him forever more. If a 34-year old married mother of a 3 year old whippersnapper can support a traditionally Scottish and male-oriented sport, then I'm doing it. Ya hear that, "Ron"?

4. I designed and launched my web site.
I was really pleased with the result, not the least of why because I was both designer and client. That meant I could be demanding and egotistical and make myself work long, hard hours over inane changes, and I would have to put up with it all and couldn't fire myself.

5. I started Tweeting and discovered my Twitter account was worth a paltry $14.
But I do have more followers than I people I follow, even if those extra followers are people who followed me so I would follow them back (I didn't; I know, this is fantastically cruel, but I will not be treated as a Twitter dog chew toy, no! No!) and build their social network.

6. I made lots of new tinterweb friends, all of whom support me and love me.
This has fed my ego more than a goat with a pile of freshly laundered clothing, and I thank you so much. Really. You also gave me lots of awards, which was kind and thoughtful.

7. I continued editing, rewriting, proofing, and rewriting, and rewriting my novel (set in Santorini).
And I started work on another one. I'm 80% finished with the first draft, even though I won't let myself work on it. Funny how you go ahead and do things anyway, isn't it.

8. I got to see Underworld.Underworld is my most favorite group ever, and I saw them live in August at the lovely Fox Theatre in Oakland, in what turned out to be only one of two US stops they made. And, I turned my 61 year old mother onto them, too. Hollah! (And special bonus, click here to listen to the broadcast of that show! Ooh, I just got the shivers!)

9. I survived.
Phew! And I also have all four limbs. I count that as very lucky. You don't realize this, but life would suck a lot more, wouldn't it, if you didn't have a leg, or any legs. Or any arms. And also I'm glad that my fingers work so that I can type. Also, I'm real glad that this year, no disasters like fire or earthquakes destroyed my neighborhood, causing me to pile my family in the car and hotfoot it up to a secret location (but like, an hour north of Sacramento), where I know of a guy whose garage is chock full of canned goods. Oh, we clocked that little detail, all right. And that's where we'll be going. But anyway I'm glad I didn't have to this year.

10. I remembered silly is good.
One of the reasons I write is because nonsense through words amuses me so very much. I think I lost this--it's easy to lose such a thing when people read your work and provide feedback and force you to look deeply into your soul and story and you don't want to, but you have to if you want to write something readable. But I rediscovered a sense of silly and solemnly vow to include it where possible, always.


Amber Tidd Murphy said...

I know I don't always comment, but I frakking adore your blog. Happy New Year, Sierra, and I can't wait to read more from you in Twenty Ten.

Travener said...

A sense of the silly is necessary. For one thing, it keeps you from becoming misanthopic. (Oops, that's yesterday's blogpost...)

Sierra Godfrey said...

Ooooh you're so sweet Amber. And Travener, I think you have a great handle on that. You're both great. Thank you!

Roni @ FictionGroupie said...

Looks like a great year to me. And I'm like a dude when it comes to college football, so I hear ya on the male-dominated sport thing. I also get strange looks when my husband and I go to a fancy dinner and he orders Merlot and I order a Shiner Bock (dark TX beer) or Guinness, lol. Hope you have a wonderful 2010!

coffeelvnmom said...

You had a great year Sierra - and here's to having an even better one in 2010!

Tina Lynn said...

Thanks for blogging and being my blogging buddy! Love the list! Have a Happy New Year!

Meredith Rae Morgan said...

I'd say you had a very good 2009! Here's hoping 2010 is as productive!

Sierra Godfrey said...

Thanks everyone! Best of 2010 to you too!

The romantic query letter and the happy-ever-after said...

I started my blog in 2009, I still am not psychic and I love silly. Every happiness in the new.
Warmest regards,

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